The Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea

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With its concrete sides sloping at sharp 75-degree angles, this stark 1,083-foot-tall,
not-quite-finished hotel looks threatening and out of place on the Pyongyang skyline. Its history
is odd, too: the country ran out of money for the project in the early 1990s, and it was airbrushed
from photos at the time. After a 16-year hiatus, construction began anew last year—that
squiggle at the pinnacle is not an ornament, but a crane.

The Ugly Truth: Supposedly the 3,000-room hotel is an attempt to outdo South
Korea when it comes to impressive skyscrapers. It’s undoubtedly emblematic of the ruling
dictatorship’s hubris.

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The Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea

With its concrete sides sloping at sharp 75-degree angles, this stark 1,083-foot-tall,
not-quite-finished hotel looks threatening and out of place on the Pyongyang skyline. Its history
is odd, too: the country ran out of money for the project in the early 1990s, and it was airbrushed
from photos at the time. After a 16-year hiatus, construction began anew last year—that
squiggle at the pinnacle is not an ornament, but a crane.

The Ugly Truth: Supposedly the 3,000-room hotel is an attempt to outdo South
Korea when it comes to impressive skyscrapers. It’s undoubtedly emblematic of the ruling
dictatorship’s hubris.

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